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Davis Cup boost for Great Britain against Belgium

Davis Cup boost for Britain as Belgian No 1 Rochus is ruled out of reverse singles

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10:37 GMT, 8 April 2012

Great Britain's slim hopes of victory over Belgium in their Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie received a small boost with the news Belgian No 1 Olivier Rochus was not fit to play the fourth rubber against Josh Goodall.

Rochus, ranked 59th in the world, struggled badly towards the end of his win over Dan Evans at Glasgow's Braehead Arena on Friday with cramp in his thigh and will be replaced by 21-year-old David Goffin.

Into the lions den: David Goffin (right) is a late replacement for Belgium

Into the lions den: David Goffin (right) is a late replacement for Belgium

Belgium went into Sunday leading 2-1 and need only one more point for victory, but Goffin is playing in his first Davis Cup tie and is a completely different prospect to the vastly-experienced Rochus.

However, he came into the tie on the back of a Challenger title in Guadeloupe, and to be ranked 112th at his tender age is no mean feat given the depth of the men's game these days.

Tough task: Josh Goodall will play in the first singles match on Sunday

Tough task: Josh Goodall will play in the first singles match on Sunday

Goffin also impressed in Saturday's doubles, which Britain won in four sets, and will be the favourite to beat Goodall, who is ranked well below him at 253.

And even if Goodall, who had never won a set in Davis Cup before Friday, were to beat Goffin, that would still leave Evans needing to overcome a rankings gap of 276 places against Steve Darcis.